A New Normal for Students

Here comes the time for the new educational year, but both the system and the university have changed a lot. As we value the role of the students as future specialists, DNA has interviewed Irina Badalyan from the history faculty of YSU, Ani Ghazaryan from a technology faculty of ANAU, and Tigran Ghusgchyan from an HR faculty of RAU.

Students’ lives before COVID-19

T. Gh. “Life was funnier before than now, and we had many options for pastimes. Currently, every action is online, and sometimes it is the only way.  

The transformation to the online courses was a little bit stressful, but we could overcome it fast.

 It was a good lesson for us- life changes fast and is full of good or bad surprises. We need to win, be flexible, and resistant to changes without giving up no matter what happens”.

Expectations from the new educational year

T. Gh. “We have bigger expectations, as it is not only a place for being educated but also a platform for networking and new projects”.

A. Gh. “This year was like a control check for our profession. I am a food safety specialist, and it is still a relevant one. I can say that it is equal to national security issues”.

Advantages and disadvantages of being a student

I.B. “It is a privilege to be a student as you get new friends, have discussions with your lectures that lead to future projects. As a disadvantage, I can mention that we are always short of time to enroll in something else”.

 A.Gh. “We don’t get practical knowledge, whereas, in case of a remote system of education, I could specialize in a new profession”.

Student lifestyle on the personality traits

I.B. “We become more responsible, punctual, get to know the surrounding world, learn to be independent and form our identity”.

A.Gh. ” In the case of regional students, it is a chance to enlarge the networking circle and grow personally within some years”.

Actual problems of a student

T.Gh. ” Nowadays, students face some obstacles to reach their goals.

1. Education fee-not everyone can afford to be a student. But here comes an alternative system-private course, that both cheaper and shorter.

2. Social problems like the integration process of newcomers.

3. Time management- be careful to sleep well, arrange your day, and pastime properly”.

Advice for students

T.Gh. ” You’d better be stress-resistant, with a stable character, and bear in mind that education is not enough to start working after graduation. So use your time on reading professional literature, examine the new tendencies, and be qualified”.

A. Gh. ” There are many professions that are or going to be out of use, so don’t concentrate on one specialty only and try not to restrict your abilities”.

Written by Ani Khachatryan

Translated by Anna Avagyan